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'Just Let Me Code!'

cavtroop Re: Just let me do brain surgery! (372 comments)

Programmers are just cogs in a machine nowadays. Comparing them to brain surgeons is laughable at best.

I get the analogy you're trying to do, but it's not how businesses view programmers anymore.

about 2 months ago

Insider Steals Data of 2 Million Vodafone Germany Customers

cavtroop Re: So much for DLP... (40 comments)

DLP is not just on endpoints. There can also be appliances inspecting all outbound traffic (including SSL decryption if you want) and scanning all email, samba shares etc etc.

having said that, I've dealt with DLP, and it only catches the stupid ones. Anyone with a little knowledge can usually bypass DLP fairly easily.

1 year,7 days

NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

cavtroop Re:Idiocracy (628 comments)

Bob should not go out in public at that point, and should be confined to a bubble.

1 year,22 days

Ask Slashdot: Software For Learning About Data Transmission?

cavtroop Netwitness Informer freeware (79 comments)

I use the commercial version, but you can get it as freeware:

basically, grab a pcap anywhere on the network, dump it into investigator, and then sift through the data. It's really powerful, but may take a little getting used to. Shows you all kinds of neat stuff about the data, lets you slice and dice it however you want by a whole host of criteria. Highly recommended.

about 2 years ago

Samsung Claims iPad Mini, iPad 4, New iPod Touch Also Infringe Patents

cavtroop Re:And the winner is RIM (124 comments)

I'd question the wisdom of any company who basis their purchasing decision on users simply wanting to have a flashy phone, rather than wanting to actually get work done and be productive.

I completely agree here. I argued to hold out until the BB 10 comes out to at least have a look-see, but corporate didn't want to wait, and the sales guys are beating down the doors to get the new flash iPhones. I can't stand my job, and this is one of the reasons why - we don't make business decisions based on facts, evidence, ability to get job done, etc, its all based on screaming the loudest and raw emotions. I imagine it's that way in quite a few companies nowadays. *sigh*

about 2 years ago

Samsung Claims iPad Mini, iPad 4, New iPod Touch Also Infringe Patents

cavtroop Re:And the winner is RIM (124 comments)

not a single one had it as part of the evaluation. Including us.

about 2 years ago

Samsung Claims iPad Mini, iPad 4, New iPod Touch Also Infringe Patents

cavtroop Re:And the winner is RIM (124 comments)

Interesting, but not relevant. I work for a corporation that just standardized on the iPhone (against my recommendations). RIM was never even at the table. Sales, Marketing and even IT guys just don't want to be seen with a BB device anymore - they all want either an iPhone (mostly) or a Samsung GIII (minority). That's it. Its more about cool factor and being seen with the device, even in the business world.

As part of the evaluation, we spoke to close to a dozen other companies that recently went through the same process, and pretty much got the same response - that the users overwhelmingly refused to have anything to do with a RIM product, and wanted the flashy new iPhone or GIII.

about 2 years ago

Are Indian High Schoolers Manning Your IBM Help Desk?

cavtroop College not needed... (237 comments)

...the problem is, they're not allowed to think for themselves. Education is completely irrelevant - they have to follow the scripts they have in front of them, and not deviate or they get dinged. I know, I've had to write some of these scripts for them (not IBM, but another large multinational co that does outsourced helpdesk work). The last step in any of the scripts is to escalate to Tier 2/3 - which 90% of the time is an actual employee of the company and not part of the outsourced help desk.

So how is having a college educated phone bozo any better than a high school educated one if they're not allowed to deviate from the scripts they're given?

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft's Hotmail Challenge Backfires

cavtroop Idiot? (453 comments)

So, a fairly public persona publicly announces that he's switching to Hotmail to give it a go. And has a weak-sauce password:

(Update: For those of you inquiring about the strength of my Hotmail password – it was a seven-letter string of lowercase letters. Not a dictionary word, but part acronym, part proper noun. It’s not the world’s strongest password, and I can feel the parental glare of Davey Winder from 200 miles away, but it wasn’t that weak, either.)

And somehow this is Microsoft fault? He's just asking to be hacked, and with a weak password like this? *sigh*

more than 2 years ago

Matt Groening Reveals Springfield Is In His Home State of Oregon

cavtroop Re:Wrong (148 comments)

did you really just cite Wikipedia over the CREATOR of the show?

more than 2 years ago

Building a Case For Telecommuting

cavtroop Re:Poppycock (230 comments)

You're not using the tools available to you then. Phone. IM, chat rooms, teleconferences available at a moments notice. We have a number of people in our group that work remotely (and the rest of us work from home once or twice a week). We keep a chatroom going with the lot of us (8 of us) in there at all times - mostly it's used for the usual office-type banter, but its great for collaboration etc. We also have loose rules, that if you want to telecommute, you HAVE to make yourself available at a moments notice by phone. Sometimes you step away from the computer, so you miss an IM etc, but if that phone rings, you better be answering it or you're going to lose your telecommuting privs.

Just set the expectations with the group. We have no problems getting stuff done on very short (minutes) notice.

more than 2 years ago

Ubisoft Has Windows-Style Hardware-Based DRM For Games

cavtroop STOP REVIEWING THEIR GAMES, duh (473 comments)

The article has an update:

Update monday Jan 16 - 2012: We have been contacted by bluebyte over the weekend, the company that developed the Anno series. Our key has been pretty much unlocked allowing us to properly work on this article. To be continued ....

Uh, NO, NO, NO! Ubisoft and other vendors will continue this trend of archaic stupid DRM until it hits them in the wallet. The 'review' industry should take a stance - no reviews, no press, nothing, until Ubisoft (and any other vendors that do this kind of shit) stop the excessive DRM.

Do you really think the developer of the game will give out an 'unlocked' code to anyone OTHER than a high-profile website reviewer? What if you ran into this at home, which with a grand total of 3 registration attempts, is easy to do over the course of a short period of time: "When contacting Ubisoft marketing here in the Netherlands, their reply goes like this: 'Sorry to disappoint you - the game is indeed restricted to 3 hardware changes and there simply is no way to bypass that. We also do not have 7 copies of the game for you'.:"

THATS what average joe-user will get, a simple 'tough shit'. STOP REVIEWING THEIR GAMES

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?

cavtroop Full disk encryption and insurance... (514 comments)

beyond the obvious 'dont park where you're likely to get broken into', fully encrypting your drive and getting insurance (auto or home should cover it) is the most reasonable thing to do. Phone-home software may or may not work - frankly, I don't bother. Just encrypt and have offsite backups of the important stuff. Take the insurance payout and replace.

more than 2 years ago

Cnet Apologizes For Nmap Adware Mess

cavtroop Re:Who? What? (231 comments)

I work in security for my company, so we keep an eye on unauthorized software in our enterprise. We had a guy just today download PuTTY from a download site, that came bundled with all kinds of shitty toolbars and adware. This guy is a Sr. Software Manager and Developer at the company and should know better.

I wish I could clue these supposedly 'smart' users in, but they'll download and install anything without any critical thinking at all.

more than 2 years ago

Spotify Defends Facebook Sign-Up Requirement

cavtroop Re:Facebook karma (286 comments)

Except people won't leave Facebook. With the new changes (I call it the 'stalking update 1.0'), I've been preaching to everyone on FB to move over to Google+.

Not a single person has moved. They're too comfortable on Facebook, even with the recent UI changes. They're happy to make post after post bitching about FB, the new UI, the privacy problems, but they're too lazy to DO ANYTHING about it.

Until Google+ gets a significantly larger userbase, it's not particularly useful. *sigh*

more than 2 years ago

Yet Another "People Plug In Strange USB Sticks" Story

cavtroop Re:yet (639 comments)

The real problem here is education. Sure, the end user has been to training (not trained though, see the difference?) on basic computer security, not to insert strange USB sticks, etc etc. But they don't LEARN.

Fire a few of them for gross violations of security policy. The people remaining will learn real quick.

more than 3 years ago

Feds Help You Find Your Fastest Internet Service

cavtroop Re:Worthless (163 comments)

Agree. According to this, I can get FIOS. No dice. They did get the cable Co right, though.

more than 3 years ago

National Broadband Map Shows Digital Divide

cavtroop wow, what a fucking waste (182 comments)

Looked up my neighborhood, and NONE of the data is correct. According to the map, I can get fiber. Nope. According to the map, I cannot get a cable modem, let alone docsis 3.0. - wrong again, thats what Im on right now.

What a complete waste of 200mil.

more than 3 years ago

iRacing World Champion Gets a Shot At the Real Thing

cavtroop Re:Marketing Wins Again (168 comments)

[citation needed]

more than 3 years ago



cavtroop cavtroop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cavtroop (859432) writes "I've been doing IT for almost 12 years now, with the typical progression: pc support, server support, network support, etc. I used to love my job, and look forward to coming into work, learning something new, and surmounting challenging obstacles. After years of doing this and that in IT, I'm now an IT Generalist, and finding a job is getting tougher and tougher — most hiring managers are looking for subject matter experts. My lack of a degree (I joined the military, and went straight to work after that) is also beginning to hinder me greatly.

I've been giving some thought to getting out of IT lately. I find I no longer enjoy my work — most of the work I do provides little challenge, and I honestly don't remember the last time I learned something new and interesting. With the recent news of IBM possibly laying of 100k people plus (and the years long trend towards out-sourcing), the prospects of ever getting a meaningful IT job again are looking dim.

I think its time to hit the eject button on my IT career. But where to begin? I tried searching for a career counselor, but most of the hits were shady fly by night places, or people that just want to sell you a book.

Has anyone out there in /. land had a similar experience? What can I expect, and where can I start? Any tips, etc would be beneficial."


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